BBC Radio 1 presenters Matt Edmondson and Mollie King are rebooting the dating series which sees them pair up female “beauties” with self-proclaimed male “geeks”. The eight-episode series will follow the newly-formed couples as they head “on a journey of self-discovery, and hopefully love”. Having the power to pair the couples up and or split them apart, Matt and Mollie recently revealed the surprises they encountered when filming.
Touching on how they felt when they were asked to be part of the new series, Mollie exclaimed: “I watched this show with my sisters when I was growing up.
“When we were asked to come in for conversations about it, I was like ‘Oh my god this is iconic, yes we want to bring back the series’ so yeah it is just honestly a dream gig!”
Matt added: “I watched it back in the day and one thing I will say is its a really different show, the tone of it is about the warmest thing I have ever seen.
“Part of the reason we wanted to do it is we were waiting for the right thing to do, we are genuinely best mates, this felt totally so where we wanted things to do,” he told Express.co.uk.
When asked whether they thought they were good matchmakers, Mollie confidently revealed: “We think we are fantastic matchmakers.
“I definitely came into this like ‘Matt stick with me kid I am so cupid’, and I still think I have the knack!”
Agreeing, Matt expressed: “You’re good, you have good intuition, I am very rarely paying attention to what is going on.”
“We did make a couple of mistakes which you will see throughout the series,” Mollie revealed but Matt soon added: “But we rectified them.”
Touching on how they witnessed the romances develop, Mollie explained: “As the show goes on, you do see sparks flying and a lot of these guys have said that they kind of fancy each other.
“You are trying to do things out of your comfort zone, in front of somebody you fancy as well, it is not a place you want to find yourself.
“But everybody just pulled through so well and we were in awe of everybody.”
Excited about the couples, Matt admitted: “We are not going to call these relationships either, by the way, there are some real surprises in there of stuff I did not see coming!
“There was a lot of people angling to be with a new person or the same person they had but we absolutely loved the power,” he teased.
Mollie joked: “I like to think of myself as a counsellor, and therapist and took my chance to be a part of the gossip.”
Beauty and the Geek originally aired on US broadcast network Fox in 2005 and has since been adapted in more than 20 markets around the world.
Clare Laycock, SVP and Head of Entertainment at Discovery UK, said: “Beauty and the Geek has enjoyed huge international success and we are delighted to bring it back to the UK and give Discovery Plus viewers access to another hit reality show.
“We are excited to work with Matt Edmondson and Mollie King, a perfect fit for the show, who will put this year’s couples through a series of tasks that challenge stereotypes, and misconceptions and ask the ultimate question: do ‘opposites’ attract?”
Each of the couples will be handed challenges specifically constructed to reveal there is more to them than meets the eye.
If they make it through to the final, the favourite couple will win a £50,000 cash prize along with the prospect of love and a relationship.